Liberal Groups: Ownership Rules, Lack Of Regs To Blame For Conservative Talk Dominance
June 21, 2007 at 5:46 AM (PT)
Liberal groups AMERICAN PROGRESS and FREE PRESS have released a report analyzing "The Structural Imbalance of Talk Radio," looking at why most talk radio is conservative, and their conclusion is not that the marketplace favors conservative talk but that it's all about the ownership and lack of government regulation of public interest programming.
The report concludes, "The gap between conservative and progressive Talk radio is the result of multiple structural problems in the U.S. regulatory system, particularly the complete breakdown of the public trustee concept of broadcast, the elimination of clear public interest requirements for broadcasting, and the relaxation of ownership rules including the requirement of local participation in management."
The groups, rejecting a return to the Fairness Doctrine, instead suggest a restoration of local and national ownership caps, "greater local accountability over radio licensing," and instituting a fee to be paid by owners who "fail to abide by enforceable public interest obligations" to support public broadcasting.
Read the report by clicking here.